Monthly Archives: December 2011



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the poster for the 84th Academy Awards®. The art features the iconic Oscar statuette alongside memorable images from eight films spanning eight decades: “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1943), “Giant” (1956), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “The Godfather” (1972), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “Forrest Gump” (1994) and “Gladiator” (2000). All the films featured on the poster won the Academy Award® for Best Picture, except “Giant,” for which George Stevens won the Oscar for Directing.

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Why ASCAP Licenses Local Bars & Restaurants

Why ASCAP Licenses Local Bars & Restaurants–10 Things You Need to Know

Imagine this scenario.

A local bar or restaurant uses music to enhance the atmosphere and draw in customers. No one wants to sit in silence. And live music pulls in a nice crowd that spends money at the bar.

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Military Family Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas
Prayers and tears were heard
Not every home
Was filled with joyful words
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Summers FREE Download

Summers wanted to say “THANK YOU” for all the continued support they’ve received in 2011 and decided to upload a pre-production version of a song called ‘Heaven’ which is available to all their registered members to download for FREE.

It’s a Live acoustic version and will only be available until Monday, December 26th. They have never done this before, so don’t miss out… download it today!

Visit the band on the web: SUMMERS

97 Original Scores in 2011 Oscar® Race

Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®

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2012 GRAMMY Camp®

The GRAMMY Foundation®( announced today that GRAMMY Camp® — its signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students — will be held in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York in summer 2012. Held for the past seven years in Los Angeles and for the first time in New York last summer, the program is expanding to Nashville to reach a broader range of students.

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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Honors Jimmy Iovine

The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy®will celebrate its fifth annual GRAMMY® Week event honoring legendary music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles, and Bono and Dr. Dre will serve as honorary event co-chairs. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (http://www.grammy.comRead the rest of this entry

Dolphin Tale Movie Review

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.

With expectations of a cute, family-friendly movie, I got so much more than I bargained for. Dolphin Tale is an uplifting, inspirational story that kept me smiling, laughing and even had me in tears.

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The Recording Academy Special Merit Awards

The Recording Academy® ( announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year’s selections are: Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder as Trustees Award honorees; and Celemony and Roger Nichols as Technical GRAMMY Award®honorees.  Read the rest of this entry


GRAMMY®-winning singer Cesaria Evora’s stirring voice touched people of all cultures, regardless of language and race. Her uncommon musical style brought her from her homeland of West Africa to Portugal, where she went on to share her unique melodies with the world, yet always remained connected to her roots. The music world has lost one of its most distinct voices, and our deepest sympathies extend to her family, friends, and all who were impacted by her global cultural significance.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy®